Our board is made up of five, highly respected and experienced professionals from different parts of the UK housing industry. Together, they guide and oversee the work of CIH Consultancy to make sure we maximise our support to clients and contribution to best practice.

Karen Armitage (Chair)


Karen is the Chief Executive of Stafford and Rural Homes, where she has overseen significant growth and a top ten place in the Sunday Times 100 Best Not for Profit Companies. Her career of over 25 years began at Warrington Borough Council.

Karen is a CIH board member, a member of the Stafford Chamber of Commerce, and a key partner in the Stafford Borough Strategic Partnership, winner of 2015 Most People Focused CEO and Board member for Housing Worx a profit making subsidiary.

Nigel Wilson


Nigel is Group Chief Executive at Wythenshawe Community Housing Group. He has 30 years’ experience in the housing sector, with roots as a housing co-operative tenant before working for housing associations and local councils. He has also worked resident engagement, new business and regeneration.

Nigel is the Chair of JV North, chair of FRC Group and Chair of Wythenshawe Forum Trust.

Keith Anderson


Keith has been Chief Executive at Port of Leith Housing Association since 2009. In a career spanning almost 35 years, he was formerly Director of Edinburgh Waterfront Partnership and Head of Housing Development and Finance with City of Edinburgh Council.

Keith is a former Chair of the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland, a board member of the Leith Chamber of Commerce and trustee of the Leith Trust.

Piers Williamson

MCT ACIB FRGS BA Hons (econs)

Piers is Chief Executive of The Housing Finance Corporation (THFC). He has over 30 years’ experience in UK, US and European financial markets, specialising in bank treasury risk management and securitisation.

Piers served on the Homes and Communities Agency’s regulation committee between 2012 and 2015.